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Like the rest of you, we are on a constant coronavirus watch. We've given this a lot of thought, and based on the current NYC Health Dep't recommendations, we are going to stay open throughout the virus panic...as long as you keep buying tickets to the events. We posted a list of specific precautions we're taking to our website [ http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html ], and as always, we'd love feedback on what else we may have missed. We're also asking you to be more cautious than usual with your own personal hygiene as well as staying home if you're feeling at all under the weather. And we will be posting our health and safety plan at the door along with our rules, and everyone will be asked to sign off on both as they enter. We are trying hard to keep our safe space open and safe, and avoid canceling the events we know you love.
With that in mind: we're excited to throw down for Mardi Gras tomorrow, with three brass bands, gumbo, king cake, Cafe du Monde coffee, and tons of beads. A few full-feast tix remain, based on the existing food order -- but we'll also sell any extra food or cake once the ticket holders get their meals. Tix: https://brooklynmardigras.brownpapertickets.com / FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/186453189114328
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/// UPCOMING G&S EVENTS ///
Gemini & Scorpio
Brooklyn Mardi Gras
Saturday, March 7, 9pm-3am, 21+ (25+ suggested)
$18 adv* incl a slice of King Cake / $30 adv* incl traditional or vegetarian gumbo and a slice of King Cake / $20-30** sliding scale door, if avail
Gemini and Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK
Address with RSVP: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html
Social media: @gemini_scorpio #geminiandscorpio #brooklynmardigras
Our sold-out hit events is back for 2020! Dance your beads off to killer brass bands and enjoy authentic NoLA cocktails at the bar. Find the baby in the King Cake, and be king for the night: you get a crown, mask, beads and a drink ticket. Wear your glittering best and take advantage of our Sassy Selfie Station, with boas, masks and other fun props.
- 12am - The L Train Brass Band - a 30-person crew awarded Best Music Group at 2018 Coney Island Mermaid Parade, cranking out a wild mix of NoLA jazz, Latin, Balkan, hip hop, funk, R&B and pop.
- 11pm - Brass Queens - An all-female brass ensemble with a diverse repertoire, featuring classic hits by woman artists, funk, soul and traditional NoLA second-line. Ladies kick BRASS!
- 10pm - Dingonek Street Band - New Orleans-style second line jazz meets Afrobeat and Ethio-jazz
*If you reserve your tickets by Feb 29, you can get in on direct-from-Louisiana deliciousness: either a slice of King Cake, or cake plus a heaping plate of traditional or vegetarian gumbo. Food is served 9-10pm.
Costume suggestions: masks, costumes, purple, gold, green, glitter, beads! We will have some masks available for sale, as well.
**100% of ticket proceeds go to musicians; please be as generous as you can afford.
/// NYC EVENTS: 3/6-3/12//
WEEKEND + WEEK
PUPPETS: Kosmos Invers: The Morphology of XOS
The Morphology of XOS is a Psycho-Ecological Cosmogony, A Utopic Vision of Hell, the Fever-Dream of Apocalyptic Composting in a Mutating Bubble of Otherness. Kalan Sherrard (aka Enormous Face), a street, subway and alt puppeteer-performance artist with a cult international following presents a new solo piece with a powerful environmental message combining his stunning artworld level esthetics and sensibility with his deeply committed performance and personal philosophies. (Fri-Sun, Here, 145 Sixth Ave, see site for details, $25-$50)
FEST: Armory Week 2020
One of the largest art festivals in the world featuring multiple galleries, events, and exhibitions. Galleries: Armory Show, Spring Break/Art Show, Volta New York, Nada’s Gallery Open, Independent New York, and more. Featured exhibits: Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, Donald Judd: Judd, Chioma Ebinama: Now I only believe in…love, Liam Gillick: Redaction, Motoharu Jonouchi and Keiichi Tanaami: More Than Cinema, Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo, and many more. Screening and Performance: Jeffrey Gibson, She Never Dances Alone. Performance: Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Serge Alain Nitegeka: Black Migrant. Colloquium: Indigenous Land Acknowledgments and Cultural Patrimony. (Fri-Mon, multiple locations, see site for details)
FILM: 1995: The Year the Internet Broke
The groundwork for interconnected global computer networks was laid in the 1960s, but it didn’t capture the public imagination until the mid-1990s. Once the domain of scientists, hobbyists, hackers, and role-playing gamers, the internet had irreversibly broken into the public imagination. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the internet’s marquee year, Screen Slate presents a retrospective of wired features released in 1995, each in dialog with short experimental film, video art, and documentary works spanning from the 1980s to 2010s. (Fri-Thu, Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave, see site for details, $9-$12)
PARTICIPATORY: LARP: Creatures of The Dark Crystal's Age of Resistance
Join this live role play game to explore the fantastical and sometimes terrifying stories of the planet Thra. Led by game designer Sharang Biswas and experimental theater artist Nick O'Leary, visitors over 16 are welcome to participate in this live enactment of character arcs from the hit Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The game will take place in the Museum after-hours and includes a visit to see objects and puppets featured in the exhibit Creatures from the Land of Thra: Character Design for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. (Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, QNS, 7pm, $25)
PARTY: 15th Annual Fat Friday: The Harlequin’s Carnival
Light up the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition to celebrate an equal mix of charity and revelry. Music by guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer with Circus Mind and Hungry March Band. And Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir: DJ Douggie Syle. MC Christopher Hardwick. Proceeds go to support Figment, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and The Roots of Music, The Equal Justice Initiative & The Lower East Side Girls Club. (Angel Orensantz Foundation, 172 Norfolk St, 7pm VIP/9pm-12am, $35-$125)
DJ: Ladies First: A Dance Party Celebrating Badass Women of Music
In honor of International Women’s Day, come dance it out to the women: The truth tellers, rhythm makers, groundbreakers, ass shakers. Mic-dropping mothers superior of all things loud, proud, fierce and funky. It's 2020, and we need them now more than ever. DJ Colleen Crumbcake will be playing hits from the most incredible, indelible female performers to shape modern music. (Little field 635 Sacket St, BK, 10:30pm door/11pm show, $10, 21+)
MUSIC: Curious, Unusual And Extraordinary
Quirky author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his band, presents songs about Unusual Creatures, Extraordinary People, and Curious Constructions geared to curious families, extraordinary children and their unusual friends. The show draws from Michael Hearst's highly successful series of books, albums and PBS series. It is an unusually-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet, odd and daring characters, and buildings sometimes stranger than the Brooklyn Bridge - using such odd-ball instruments as theremin, claviola, and stylophone. Fun for the whole family. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 4pm, $10)
PERFORMANCE: The Immigrant Artist Biennial 2020
A presentation of work by U.S based immigrant artists from around the world. To kick-off, there will be a special exhibition of Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection and Women’s History Month. Featuring “Yo, Obsolete,” an autobiographical performance exploring gender, queerness, and childhood memories by Christopher Unpezverde Núñez. Also featuring Hanae Utamura performing “A Letter from future past (the Pacific),” incorporating planetary and oceanic movement as well as spoken words into a multimedia performance focusing on the Pacific Ocean. Curated by Katya Grokhovsky. (Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, BK, 5:30pm-9pm,$16)
MUSIC: Bill Carney's Jug Addicts
Sans-Culottes founder and frontman Bill Carney has been leading various jug bands for over 25 years. His latest incarnation, the Brooklyn-based Jug Addicts, has earned a reputation for exciting live shows. Often a large formation, the Jug Addicts are characterized by their powerful, raucous approach to jug band, old time, tin pan alley, early jazz and blues repertoire. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 8pm, $10)
PERFORMANCE: Constellation Chor at Spectrum
Vibrating voices and moving bodies create an experience that is deeply human, magical, healing and psychedelic. This is something you can only experience live, in person, in relationship to other humans. It's about the present moment that is always becoming. A philosophy, vocal improvisation and performance practice, and performing ensemble comprising composers, singers, dancers and actors. (Spectrum, 70 Flushing Ave, Garage A, BK, 8pm, $15 at the door)
Escape the gray winter, the relentless news cycle, the stressful city. Step into a world of tantalizing painted dancers, scintillating sirens, captivating virtuosos, and resplendent headwear. Featuring: Rizo, Phoebe Legere, Sxip Shirey and guests, Jonathan Nosan and Anna Venizelos, Anastasia Durasova, J. Stone, Chris Wink, and The Pantheon Dancers. With DJ Reaganomics and VJ Sperm Whale. Dress: Show your splendor. Be prepared to dance RSVP to thornedarrell@PROTECTED for address. (Rubulad, secret location, BK, 8pm, $20 adv/$25 at the door)
BURLESQUE: Brown Girls Burlesque
Brown Girls Burlesque presents “Black Femme Warrior,” an evening of theatrical burlesque honoring the spectrum of Black women who define their own place. Hosted by Hoodoo Hussy and Skye Siren, featuring performances by Chicava Honeychild, Dakota Mayhem, Genie Adagio, Delysia La Chatte, ShoX Rose, Stella Nova, and Helen White. (Brooklyn Museum, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 200 Eastern Pkwy, 3rd Fl, BK, 8pm-9:30pm, FREE with $16 museum admission)
PARTY: The Spectrum: PURIM Portal For Witches
Purim stands at the precise & mystical intersection between Jewishness, Queerness & Magic, a Jewish Equinox Festival celebrating redemption from tyranny; both political and seasonal, and asks you to put on masks that reveal that which you hide from yourself. Featuring performance by Jewess Freaks and a play written by Elandia. DJs: DJ Monkey, J Lamar, Alone, and Savage Child. Dress as a character from the Purim story, or as your favorite tarot archetype. Absolutely no fucked up, racist or culturally appropriative costumes will be tolerated. (Venus In Furs, 990 Broadway, 9pm, $15-$20)
MUSIC: Banda De Los Muertos
In the Mexican state of Sinaloa, brass bands (bandas) are part of every public celebration. In the 1940's, the pioneering Banda El Recodo started mixing up traditional brass band tunes with contemporary Mexican music and transformed the idiom into a powerful new popular genre. Oscar Noriega, Jacob Garchik and Los Muertos bring it all it back to Brooklyn. (Barbès, 376 9th St, BK, 10pm, $10)
FEST: International Women's Day Festival
A day-long festival with comedy, music, and conversation in recognition of International Women's Day. “Articulated Armor, ”a comedy show with Kendra Cunningham & Friends. "Welcome to my Vagina" a live podcast recording with Jessy Caron & Rebekah Frank. "Knock Down the House," a film screening with an introduction from Girls Leadership. Push Collective Presents: Born, a Womxyn's Music Showcase featuring Jocelyn Mackenzie, Stav G, Sandra Kluge, Carissa Azar, Ellen Winter, Syd Cladera, Natalie Mack, Lindsey Augusta Mercer, Miwa Gemini, and more. Plus, enter the raffle in support of Girls Leadership. (Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St, BK, 1pm-11pm, $sugg don)
PERFORMANCE: Women's Raga Massive: Legacies
Brooklyn Raga Massive is a prolific artist collective promoting cross-cultural understanding through Indian classical and Raga-inspired music. WRM presents a special evening of poetry, narrative, and sound on International Women’s Day. First, poet Sham-e-Ali Nayeem reads from her book City of Pearls over a responsive sonic landscape improvised by tabla player Roshni Samlal and cellist Amali Premawardhana. Then, Kavita Das, author of Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar, and the members of the all-women STARR Ensemble present Lakshmi Shankar: A Musical Evolution in One Night, a multimedia tribute to the Hindustani singer who helped bring Indian music to the West. (National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St, BK, 6pm doors/7pm show, $25)
WORD: Big Irv's Storytelling Roadshow
Big talent in a tiny bodega! Featuring Sam Dingman, Harmon Leon, Tracey Rowland, Jamie Beth Cohen, Edith Gonzales, Calvin Cato, plus 2 extra saucy open mic slots. Hosted by Adam Selbst. BYOB. (Big Irv's, 381 Hooper St, BK, 7pm doors/7:30pm show, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: Feminist Extravaganza for International Women’s Day March 8th
A night of performances by women. Featuring Heather Mo’Witz, Elisa Jimenez, Tanya Solomon, Marie Mascari, Feathers Wise, Magnolia Santibanez, Renee Renata Bergen, Mila Tina, Sisters of the Blooming Sun, DJ Shakey, and more! With Emcee Monica Jeremias AKA Memo The Clown. Partial proceeds going to the non-profit Be a Sister to a Sister. (The Keep, 205 Cypress Ave, QNS, 7pm, $7 adv/$10 door)
WORD: True Crime in NYC at the Turn of the 20th Century
New York City at the turn of the 20th century was a rapidly-growing industrial city with a flourishing crime rate to match! Unsolved murders, mob assassinations and daring heists colored the front pages of every newspaper. Come and learn about some of the most shocking crimes committed during the time when New York was forming into the metropolitan powerhouse it is today. (Prospect Heights Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave, BK, 8:30pm-9:30pm, $10)
FILM/MUSIC: Fritz Lang's Metropolis: Screening and Live Score with Metropolis Ensemble and Ricardo Romaneiro
Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra Metropolis Ensemble makes its National Sawdust debut with a special screening of iconic silent film Metropolis (1927), featuring a live original score by composer and electronic artist Ricardo Romaneiro. (National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St, BK, 7pm doors/8pm show, $25)
MUSIC: Red Baraat: Festival of Colors
Celebrate the Hindu holiday of Holi with a colorful array of South Asian sounds, melding hard-driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Red Baraat will have you up out of your seat in a concert experience you are guaranteed not to forget. (Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway, 8pm, $26-$40)
WORD/ART: Maira Kalman: The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Written by Gertrude Stein in the style and voice of her life partner, Alice B. Toklas, published in 1933 and narrated by Alice, this autobiography begins with her initial move to France in 1907, the day after which she meets Gertrude, sparking a relationship that lasts for nearly four decades. In this edition, the wildly talented Maira Kalman brings this glittering Parisian world to life, and celebrates Stein and Toklas in vivid color. Her whimsical and inimitable illustrations complement the wit and humor of Stein’s narrative, and elevate the exciting intrigues of these famous women and their friends. (Books Are Magic, 225 Smith St, BK, 7pm-8pm, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: Holy Hell
Springboard Collective’s latest interactive installation- handbaskets provided- features three stages of sinful performance art, gluttony, and a divine comedy that even Dante would be proud of. Hottest Sauce & Hot Wing Eating Competition w/ DJ PlayPlay. (Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St, LIC, 8pm, FREE)
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FILM: 20th Anniversary Bicycle Film Festival open for film submissions - Deadline March 27
Each year, the BFF programming team reviews over 1000 short and feature length films to select 60-70 works from over 25 countries. Documentary, narrative, animation, music video, experimental - all are welcomed.
ART: Super Funland - Journey Into The The Erotic Carnival
The Museum of Sex explores the sexual origins of the carnival in a combination history and group-art exhibition, SUPER FUNLAND: Journey into the Erotic Carnival. The history gallery takes visitors from the carnival’s ancient bacchanalian origins to its evolution in pre-industrial Europe and the “midway” of the 20th century’s great World’s Fairs, describing how its licentious and permissive subtext has remained intact. The group art show tells this story in thirteen one-of-a-kind commissioned amusements created by an internationally renowned team of artists and designers, bringing themes of sexual carnality, decadence, and joy to a contemporary audience. (thru TBD, Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Ave, see site for details, $18)
THEATER: SKiNFoLK: An American Show
A wide-sweeping concert/play structured in seven movements that explores the questions and limits (?) of blackness, performance, and country in a sensuous and reflective cabaret experience. As the music sounds, you drop down into a ritual of liberation, bearing witness to the playwright-performer's identity, heritage and legacy as a black woman in this America. This play collides with blues, jazz, neo soul, pop, rock and spiritual black legacies. What will you see in the archive? Who will you meet? What is down at the root? What color is the sky again? By Jillian Walker. Directed by Mei Ann Teo. Presented by The Bushwick Starr & National Black Theatre in association with Musical Theatre Factory. (thru 3/14, The Bushwick Starr, 207 Starr St, BK, see site for details, $25)
PERFORMANCE: The Artist Will Be With You In A Moment
A comic everyman is on a never-ending quest to be understood. His audience awaits. Fill in the blanks in this multimedia event that asks us to investigate where the artist’s journey ends and the audience’s begins. Created, Written, and Performed by Joel Jeske. Directed by Mark Lonergan. Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre (thru 3/29, A.R.T./New York Theatres, 502 W 53rd St, see site for details, $30-$50)
ART: A Romantic Comedy
This group exhibition features innovative collaborations with emerging artists and alternative art spaces on the subject of romance in the 2020s. A Romantic Comedy explores courtship, domesticity, and the workplace—what society presents to the world versus what is hidden. Without suggesting any happy endings, the show comes together with both confusion and fantasy without the cliches of the struggling Hollywood genre. The exhibition features over 50 works of art created by over 25 international and local artists. Curated by Sophia Sobers and Steven Pestana. (thru 3/31, Wed-Sun, Wallplay Williamsburg, 25 Kent, BK, 11am-7pm, FREE)
THEATER: The Fre
In the land of two bridges The Fre, a rambunctious group of fun loving anti-intellectuals spend their days cavorting in the mud. Into their midst descends Hero, a dandy aesthete, who longs to cut the bridge and finally escape the mud pit. But first he must convince the leader Frankie Fre and the other fatuous inhabitants that there is a better life outside of the swamp. In this queer love story, audiences will literally and figuratively jump into the mud with the Fre to hash out the current cultural divide. The play is set in a giant ball pit with audience seating inside and out. (thru 4/12, The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas St, see site for details, $25-$50)
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